Applicants must complete Part One-A: Written, and Part One-B: Images by describing their work, their process, and submitting high-quality images to be considered for the Part Two: Object Jury. Below are the deadlines for completing the application for the Image Jury.

Image Jury #1

The completed application and images are due: February 19
Notifications to applicants: March 1

Image Jury #2
The completed application and images are due: April 12
Notifications to applicants: May 3

Image Jury #3
The completed application and images are due: November 8
Notification to applicants: November 22



Applicants who have passed the image jury must choose to either:

  1. Submit 5 objects for jurying at the Folk Art Center, or
  2. Have a provisional booth at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands in either July or October

Those who choose to participate in the Object Jury at the Folk Art Center will use the following schedule;

Object Jury #1

For those who passed the Image Jury in November 2023, craft objects are due at Folk Art Center: January 22 or 23
Part Two Jury: January 26
Notification to applicants: February 9

Object Jury #2
Craft objects due at Folk Art Center: August 19, 20
Part Two Jury: August 23
Notification to applicants: September 6

Those who choose to have a provisional Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands booth should contact Laura Lanier, [email protected], for a fair contract and must return it and pay the booth fee by the deadlines listed in the contract. The applicants work will be juried at their booth either before or after opening hours of the fair. The applicant will not be present during jurying. The object jury is composed of the seven (7) voting members of the Guild standards committee, using the same standards and procedures as mentioned above.  


The Standards Jury Process for Southern Highland Craft Guild membership includes: completed application, image jury and object jury. Membership is open to craftspeople living in the specified counties of the Southern Appalachian mountains.


Existing Guild members are offering application workshops that take you step-by-step through the procedure of applying to the Guild. In-person workshops are held at the Folk Art Center in Asheville three times a year; Zoom workshops are held twice a year. After the workshops, participants have the option of requesting someone to assist with reviewing their Guild application or a Guild member mentor in their craft medium. Use the links below to sign up. *These workshops are not required to apply to the Guild, they are available to those wanting assistance with the application process.*

Folk Art Center - In-person Application Workshops:
These workshops will take place at the Folk Art Center from 1:00 pm-3:30 pm. Located at 382 Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC.
Click the date for which you'd like to register:
Zoom Application Workshops:
These workshops will take place over Zoom from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.
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With a creative community of juried members spanning over nine states, the Southern Highland Craft Guild fosters opportunities for makers to build, market, and maintain their creative livelihood through continuing education, retail outlets, and mentorship. We are invested in helping members achieve their goals and providing them with the resources to refine and sell their craft.


The Southern Highland Craft Guild has a distinct Membership Classification for Heritage Craft, which is available to those artisans whose work emulates and pays tribute to the craft legacy of the Southern Appalachians as practiced at or prior to the Guild's founding in 1930. Submitted objects must be a reproduction or an adaptation of a traditional design with documentation about the design origins, fabrication methods, and the departures, if any, of the applicant.
Heritage Craft members are asked to serve as interpreters of Appalachian craft for visitors at Guild events, explaining the history and evolution of their craft, the role of their craft in the Guild, how techniques and materials have changed over time, and any other information that would educate guests about the traditional crafts of the southern Appalachian region. When completing Part One-A: Written of your application, select Heritage Craft as your craft classification to receive the Supplemental Heritage Application.


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